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Conservatives have made the UK world beating again

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 20/05/2024 - 10:15pm in

A quite remarkable chart from the ever industrious John Burn Murdoch from the FT shows that Britain has the highest rate of homelessness in the developed world: Now there seems to me to be a bar chart explanation required because it seems that some countries’ bars appear twice which, I think, means that they display... Read more

Cold War Steve sums it up quite brilliantly

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 19/05/2024 - 5:54am in

The financial bureaucrats are in charge and not the electorate

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 17/05/2024 - 5:39am in

The New Statesman has a very good article from James Meadway, ex econimic advisor to previous shadow Chancellor, John Mcdonnell, on why an independent Bank of England is such an unmitigated disaster- even if that was probably unintentional…. As James Meadway states: The decision to delegate monetary policy to an independent central bank drew on... Read more

Labour in power delivers – allegedly

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 15/05/2024 - 5:06am in

A minute of hope… That power and its delivery rests with money creation – so, presently, local control can juggle with the current expenditure but cannot create money. Even if Labour tries to rally the mayors, it is a rather feeble election strategy, I fear Particularly as I’m now of the view that local government... Read more

A summary of why Labour is currently the get rid of the Tory Party

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 14/05/2024 - 12:34am in

This eight minutes of justification from Tamsin Smith is something I broadly agree with. The situation is far from ideal, but with the UK’s disastrous first past the post electoral system, we simply have to vote for the least worst. Only then can the pressure commence – not least, I’m sure, from Labour Party members... Read more

Jew Hate rather than antisemitism – history and attitudes…

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 08/05/2024 - 6:21am in

There is a great tweet thread here pointing out that really anti-semitism is part of the failed ideology of racism (think of South Africa – no wonder they have taken Israel to the International Court of Justice). Of course, there is only one race – the human race – we all come from Africa. And... Read more

Shouldn’t Labour try inspiring people?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/05/2024 - 6:27am in

This is Dr Dan Goyal‘s take on the local elections The simple idea of placating morons hits home I fear, when Labour’s Starmer is so close to Murdoch, frightened of the Daily Mail and is all the while cultivating the City and even allows banks to sponsor meeting rooms in Labour Party conferences. This is... Read more

Conservatives Branded ‘Nasty Party’ as Voters Reject Plan to Target Sick and Disabled

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 03/05/2024 - 7:28pm in

The Conservative Party are now seen as the ‘nasty party’, according to exclusive new polling which suggests a large majority of voters reject the Government’s plans to target welfare payments to the disabled and long-term sick.

Rishi Sunak’s Government last week set out plans to end what it described as the UK’s “sick note culture”, while suggesting that welfare payments to some disabled people would be replaced with alternative schemes designed to get them into work.

The plan does not appear to be going down well with voters according to new polling by pollsters We Think this week which found that three quarters (75%) of those surveyed would oppose any further cuts to welfare payments for the long-term sick and disabled.

In fact, far from wanting payments to these groups cut, a majority of those surveyed (54%) said that there is currently “too little” government support for the disabled and sick, compared to just 16% who said there was too much.

A further 29% said that current levels of payments to these groups should be maintained.

The policy may be contributing to broader opinions about the Conservative party. Asked which of the major political parties would be best described as the "nasty party", 46% of those surveyed picked the Conservatives, compared to just 23% who picked Labour. Reform UK came in third place on 17%.

The findings come as the Conservative Party suffer one of their worst set of local election results in the past 40 years.

Early results show the party losing councils right across the country, while narrowly avoiding slipping into third place behind Labour and Reform UK in the Blackpool by-election, which was triggered by a lobbying scandal involving the former Conservative MP Scott Benton.

According to Britain’s leading pollster John Curtice, the numbers point to Rishi Sunak’s party suffering “one of the worst, if not the worst, Conservative performances in local government elections in the last 40 years”, with the party doing at least as badly as the current national opinion polls suggest.

The party's campaigning focus on niche culture war issues also appears to be merely alienating voters far more concerned with other issues, such as the economy and the NHS, according to research by the pollster Luke Tryl, who found this week that such rhetoric about “woke” issues “significantly reduces the likelihood to vote Conservative”.

Asked how likely they were to back the Conservative party at the next general election, just 13% of those surveyed by pollsters We Think said they would be "very likely" to do so compared to 47% who said they would be very unlikely to do so.

Overall 26% of voters said they would be either very or quite likely to back Rishi Sunak's party at the general election, compared to 42% who said they would be either quite or very likely to back Keir Starmer's Labour party.

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The Local Election Results Flush the Conservative Party’s Culture War Strategy Down the Gender Neutral Toilet

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 03/05/2024 - 5:07pm in

The hours before any big election is a crucial time for any political party. 

With voters about to pick their local representatives in large parts of the country, you might have expected the Conservative party to have spent all of their time this week ramming home their big election messages about council tax and Labour mismanagement.

Yet on one of the biggest broadcasting slots afforded to the party on the eve of the local elections, one of the Conservative party’s leading figures instead devoted their energies to talking about toilets.

In a typically spiky performance on LBC, the Business Secretary and current favourite to become the next Conservative party leader, Kemi Badenoch berated the host about her use of the term “culture wars” while repeatedly failing to substantiate her claims about the prevelance of non-gender specific toilets in schools and their impact on the number of urinary tract infections currently being experienced by girls.

Meanwhile, in local government wards across the country, Conservative councillors and activists struggled to persuade voters that there was any substantial reason for them to stick with the party after 14 years of low growth and failing public services.

The result is that, according to the early results we are now seeing, the Conservatives are on course for a truly catastrophic set of defeats, just months away from the next general election.

According to the first tranche of local election results, Rishi Sunak's losing around half the seats they are defending, with Labour regaining councils both in their former heartlands and in Conservative strongholds in the South.

According to Britain’s leading pollster John Curtice, the numbers point to Rishi Sunak’s party suffering “one of the worst, if not the worst, Conservative performances in local government elections in the last 40 years”, with the party doing at least as badly as the current national opinion polls suggest.

In the Blackpool South by-election, where the former MP Scott Benton was forced out over a lobbying and corruption scandal, Labour scored the fourth largest swing away from the Conservatives in history, with Keir Starmer’s party also winning back support the party lost in it’s former northern heartlands, as well as in formerly safe Conservative areas in the South.

It’s not all good news for Labour. In areas with large Muslim populations, such as in parts of Newcastle, there have been large swings to the Green Party, as voters unhappy with Keir Starmer’s weak response to the war in Gaza vote look for an alternative.

Some of the results in the upcoming mayoral elections due to be declared over the next couple of days could also prove disappointing for Starmer’s party. Those around Sadiq Khan suggest the results in London will be much closer than the large poll leads suggest, due to changes in the voting system and voter dissatisfaction over crime and the mayor’s clean air policies. 

Labour could also face an upset in the North East mayoral election, where the former Labour mayor turned independent, Jamie Driscoll, looks on course for a potential victory after being blocked from standing by the party.

This could all be a sign of things to come under a potential future Labour Government, with splits on the left and voter dissatisfaction quickly souring the elation of any general election landslide.

But for a party on the cusp of going from one of the worst general election defeats in history in 2019 to one of their greatest ever victories in 2024, these are crosses they will be more than willing to bear.

And while Downing Street have been desperately trying to focus journalists’ attention on the rare expected chinks of light from these results, such as Andy Street and Ben Houchen potentially clinging on to their mayoral seats, the truth is that the only Conservative candidates likely to do well in these elections are those who have most successfully distanced themselves from the party they still nominally stand for.

Meanwhile the party’s core strategy of trying to ignite a series of “culture wars” over issues such as gender and immigration, are continuing to fail for the party.

Despite spending this week marshalling immigration officers and the civil service behind a pre-local election push on its Rwanda policy, the early results suggest that the Conservative party’s focus on such issues is only helping to serve the interests of Nigel Farage’s Reform party.

Meanwhile, the broader focus on niche culture war debating issues, appears to be merely alienating voters far more concerned with other issues, according to research by the pollster Luke Tryl, who suggests that such rhetoric about "woke" issues "significantly reduces the likelihood to vote Conservative".

In fact despite all of their best efforts, all the signs suggest that the Conservative party’s strategy of attempting to win the general election through what their former Deputy Chairman Lee Anderson describes as “a mix of culture wars and the trans debate” is going swiftly down the (gender neutral) toilet.

‘World beating’ homelessness

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 02/05/2024 - 6:14am in

World beating, yes. But what an indictment of 14 years of Conservative misrule in just one chart: Possibly the UK treats its data in a slightly different way to some others, but as it includes so many families in emergency and inadequate accommodation with children, I think we can safely assume that it retains its... Read more

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